What PH Leaders Say About Tg Piai Loss

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The landslide win accorded to Barisan Nasional in the Tanjung Piai by-election is a sign of how dissatisfied the people are with the government’s implementation of reform, said top leaders of Pakatan Harapan.

  • Wan Azizah: PH will heed the lessons of the defeat
  • Anwar: A shock, a clear message
  • Kit Siang: Tg Piai result a reflection of rakyat’s fury
  • Mat Sabu: The results would spur the ruling coalition to work harder and be more united
  • Muhyiddin: Back to the drawing board for PH

Pakatan leaders vowed to work harder following the ruling coalition’s crushing defeat by more than 15,000 votes.

Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said PH will heed the lessons of the Tanjung Piai defeat.


“Yes, the people have spoken. We respect and accept their decision, and we will try to improve on our weaknesses,” she was quoted as saying.

Anwar Ibrahim has urged Pakatan Harapan (PH) leaders to deliver the ruling coalition’s election pledges, after its massive loss in the Tanjung Piai by-election.


 “This majority received by the Opposition is a shock and a clear message to the whole of PH leadership,” Anwar said in a Twitter thread last night.

The PKR president said PH should learn its lesson and take heed of the by-election’s result.

“We should also try to sow trust with the public towards the policies implemented by PH with a positive effort to deliver our promises,” he added.

DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang today acknowledged the PH administration has borne the brunt of the fury of disgruntled voters, following its crushing defeat in the Tanjung Piai by-election yesterday.

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“DAP and PH accept the devastating result of the Tanjung Piai voters who spoke not only on behalf of themselves but of the country at their frustration and unhappiness at the pace of reforms since the 14th General Elections (GE14) on May 9, 2018,” he said.

The Iskandar Puteri MP addressed the urgent need for PH to accelerate the process of delivering on the promises it made prior to GE14.

“This will be the first agenda of DAP and PH now.

“The devastating result has given greater urgency and importance to the review of the pace and implementation of the reforms promised by PH, especially those contained in Buku Harapan for which the PH Presidential Council had established a special review committee,” he added.

The results, Amanah president Mohamad Sabu said, would spur the ruling coalition to work harder and be more united.

He said the administration would continue to work on improving its way of government and ensure that its policies make a palpable difference to the people.

“The results do not de-motivate us but instead increase our dedication to continue to work hard and give the best service to the people,” Mohamad said.

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“The result also demands that the Pakatan Harapan government continues to improve its administration so that every initiative and policy we make is truly felt by the people.”

“Johor PH accepts the result as a signal that the pact needs to take seriously,” said Muhyiddin Yassin, the state PH chief and Bersatu president.


“After this, PH needs to go back to the drawing board and review its policies, approaches and performance that have caused this dissatisfaction.”

Barisan Nasional (BN) had recaptured the Tanjung Piai seat with a whopping majority of 15,086 votes.

BN’s candidate Wee Jeck Seng from MCA received 25,466 votes over PH’s Karmaine Sardini from Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, who received 10,380 votes.

PH last night suffered its worst defeat in nine by-elections since the 14th general election.